DEERING encourages everyone to shop local this Christmas and support Carlow businesses

4th December, 2015

Local Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering is encouraging everyone to shop local this Christmas and support Carlow businesses.

“Small and family businesses in Carlow are the lifeblood of our local economy and have played a crucial role in the recovery that is now well underway. I’m calling on everyone in Carlow who’s going out to do their Christmas shopping in the coming days and weeks to think local first.

“I would also like to remind employers in Carlow that they can now gift their staff Christmas bonus vouchers of up to €500 tax free. Up until now, an employer could only provide an employee with a once-off, annual non-cash tax-free benefit to the value of €250.

This tax change is a great incentive for employers to reward staff with a larger bonus for Christmas and it will provide a significant boost to the local economy and I would encourage people to spend those vouchers locally.

“Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going and we’re working to ensure more people feel the benefits of a recovering economy in their own lives. Supporting local businesses here in Carlow this Christmas will further help to ensure the recovery is felt by an many people as possible this Christmas.”